A Traveler’s Manifesto: 30 Travel Rules to Live By
July 28, 2023
Last Updated: 7/27/2023 | July 27th, 2023
As travelers of the world, we have a unique opportunity to break down barriers, foster cultural exchange, and create a positive impact on communities around the world. We can banish stereotypes of our own cultures, stimulate the local economy, and bring fresh ideas and perspectives.
Yet too often, travelers become the worst versions of themselves — throwing up on streets, being obnoxious to locals, demanding that places conform to their needs, contributing to waste and overtourism, and ignoring local customs.
Too many travelers treat destinations as their personal hedonistic plaything.
Therefore, in order to foster positive social exchange, get the most out of travel, and be awesome, I say that we travelers take the following pledge so we can be the kind of people other travelers want to know and locals don’t hate, as well as better for it:
1. I will read about where I’m going before I get there.
2. I will be respectful of local cultures and customs.
26. I will not decide if I love or hate an entire country within a few hours of being there and interacting with a handful of people.
27. I will not drink and drive. Even on a motorbike. Even in Southeast Asia. Even if everyone else is doing it. Because I value my life and the lives of others and I’m not an idiot.
28. I will be respectful of the environment and limit my plastic consumption.
29. I will not ride animals nor visit an animal experience that involves petting or touching that exists solely for tourist purposes.
30. I will be grateful for every stupid, amazing, unexpected, breathtaking moment on the road and all the wonderful people who enrich my life.
We all have our own interests, preferences, and desires. But as we start the new year, let’s all make a commitment to be better travelers. Let’s be respectful, curious, and supportive. Let’s be the best versions of ourselves as we hit the road and experience everything this world has to offer.
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